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UNofficial – mymoby.com launches at KW’s MegaCamp

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Have you ever been in an accident on a property, spent time cleaning out bank owned properties, or had other general safety concerns? Vancouver based startup, MyMoby.com is an application that allows you to report where you are and alerts your personal contacts when you have not reported back into the system.

Some of the horror stories we heard last night from Conal Campbell and Rob Goehring of MyMoby were pretty heart wrenching. Examples of sudden heart attack victims and even a Realtor who fell from a second story in a new construction home could have benefited from such a service, Conal said.

Interestingly enough, in the past several years as the market turned south here in America, we reported on several attacks and even murders of Realtors around the country. Although MyMoby’s application may not directly have saved those lives, one wonders if MyMoby could act as a deterrent to such attacks.

We met up with the guys from MyMoby last night and learned that they had just become a KW authorized vendor, and have several other deals in the works already as their product makes the turn from beta to open market. Currently, MyMoby is available on the Blackberry and will soon offer service via the iPhone and Android.

One of the coolest things about this application is that it is not a data capture app. No one sees your schedule unless something happens to you, and according to Conal, your GPS location is not given to anyone but the emergency contacts on your list.

According to Rob, MyMoby is not just real estate-centric, it’s a consumer safety device that will inevitably be launched across a wide variety of industries including direct to the consumer market.  The product is still in consumer testing; consider myMoby an in-process application that will continue to encompass consumer driven needs.

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network for tech and entrepreneurs, proudly celebrating 10 years in publishing, recently ranked as the #5 startup in Austin. Before founding AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation and also acquired several other firms. His resume prior includes roles at Apple and Kroger Foods, specializing in marketing, communications, and technology integration. He is a recipient of the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), has built partnerships and bridges between tech recruiters and the best tech talent in the industry, and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular monthly networking events. Benn does not venture into the spotlight often, rather believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits, develops, and gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Eric Hempler

    September 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I tried this it’s pretty slick.

  2. Jim Gatos

    September 14, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    How about just having a shortcut to a friend and texting the word “HELP”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Benn Rosales

      September 15, 2010 at 2:10 am

      Would the world help triangulate your gps location? If you’re paralyzed could you press a button? If you lost consciousness could you click a button?

      • Tracy

        September 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm

        Hi Ben,
        The cool thing about Moby is that you can set the “check in” feature that prompts you for a response at timed intervals.
        If you were actually paralyzed then the fact that you did not respond to Moby within a certain period of time would set the tracking and the alerts in motion.
        Literally a hands off call for help!

  3. kiri

    September 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Forget real estate agents, parents are the market for this!

  4. John

    September 14, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    This sounds like a great product. Unfortunately, you don’t think about safety issues until something happens.

  5. Liz Benitez

    September 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I am a parent and a Real Estate Agent. I currently use the iphone so I will be watching for when this comes out to give it a try.

  6. Missy Caulk

    September 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Can’t wait til it is available on the Iphone. This will be awesome for us Realtors and moms.

  7. bank reconciliation

    September 26, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Yeh, that’s a great product in todays hectic and brain stressing world. Will definitely the aged working personals. I appreciate this product of yours.

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Austin tops the list of best places to buy a home

When looking to buy a home, taking the long view is important before making such a huge investment – where are the best places to make that commitment?

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(REALUOSO.COM) – Let us first express that although we are completely biased about Texas (we’re headquartered here, I personally grew up here), the data is not – Texas is the best. That’s a scientific fact. There’s a running joke in Austin that if there is a list of “best places to [anything],” we’re on it, and the joke causes eye rolls instead of humility (we’re sore winners and sore losers in this town).

That said, SelfStorage.com dug into the data and determined that the top 12 places to buy a home are currently Texas and North Carolina (and Portland, I guess you’re okay too or whatever).

They examined the nerdiest of numbers from the compound annual growth rate in inflation-adjusted GDP to cost premium, affordability, taxes, job growth, and housing availability.

“Buying a house is a big decision and a big commitment,” the company notes. “Although U.S. home prices have risen in the long term, the last decade has shown that path is sometimes full of twists, turns, dizzying heights and steep, abrupt falls. Today, home prices are stabilizing and increasing in most areas of the U.S.”

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Average age of houses on the rise, so is it now better or worse to buy new?

With aging housing in America, are first-time buyers better off buying new or existing homes? The average age of a home is rising, as is the price of new housing, so a shift could be upon us.

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The average home age is higher than ever

(REALUOSO.COM) – In a survey from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the median age of homes in the United States was 35 years old. In Texas, homes are a bit younger with the median age between 19 – 29 years. The northeast has the oldest homes, with the median age between 50 – 61 years. In 1985, the median age of a home was only 23 years.

With more houses around 40 years old, the National Association of Realtors asserts that homeowners will have to undertake remodeling and renovation projects before selling unless the home is sold as-is, in which case the buyer will be responsible to update their new residence. Even homeowners who aren’t selling will need to consider remodeling for structural and aesthetic reasons.

Prices of new homes on the rise

Newer homes cost more than they used to. The price differential between new homes and older homes has increased from 10 percent traditionally to around 37 percent in 2014. This is due to rising construction costs, scarcity of lots, and a low inventory of new homes that doesn’t meet the demand.

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Are Realtors the real loser in the fight between Zillow Group and Move, Inc.?

The last year has been one of dramatic and rapid change in the real estate tech sector, but Realtors are vulnerable, and we’re worried.

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Why Realtors are vulnerable to these rapid changes

(REALUOSO.COM) – Corporate warfare demands headlines in every industry, but in the real estate tech sector, a storm has been brewing for years, which in the last year has come to a head. Zillow Group and Move, Inc. (which is owned by News Corp. and operates ListHub, Realtor.com, TopProducer, and other brands) have been competing for a decade now, and the race has appeared to be an aggressive yet polite boxing match. Last year, the gloves came off, and now, they’ve drawn swords and appear to want blood.

Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.

So how then, does any of this make Realtors the victims of this sword fight? Let’s get everyone up to speed, and then we’ll discuss.

1. Zillow poaches top talent, Move/NAR sues

It all started last year when the gloves came off – Move’s Chief Strategy Officer (who was also Realtor.com’s President), Errol Samuelson jumped ship and joined Zillow on the same day he phoned in his resignation without notice. He left under questionable circumstances, which has led to a lengthy legal battle (wherein Move and NAR have sued Zillow and Samuelson over allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets), with the most recent motion being for contempt, which a judge granted to Move/NAR after the mysterious “Samuelson Memo” surfaced.

Salt was added to the wound when Move awarded Samuelson’s job to Move veteran, Curt Beardsley, who days after Samuelson left, also defected to Zillow. This too led to a lawsuit, with allegations including breach of contract, violation of corporations code, illegal dumping of stocks, and Move has sought restitution. These charges are extremely serious, but demanded slightly less attention than the ongoing lawsuit against Samuelson.

2. Two major media brands emerge

Last fall, the News Corp. acquisition of Move, Inc. was given the green light by the feds, and this month, Zillow finalized their acquisition of Trulia.

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